Partner, Head of Education
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Kristine is Head of Education at Harrison Clark Rickerbys.
Kristine is trusted by academies and independent schools to provide support on a wide range of employment and education issues including sensitive matters such as a difficult employment situation (including pay and performance), child protection and parent/pupil issues.
Kristine has a vast amount of experience supporting schools with discrimination and SEN queries and has successfully helped schools through the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.
She is trusted to support and advise schools when allegations of abuse are made against teachers and other staff including multi agency working, the duty to refer and advice on safeguarding. She is also an acknowledged practitioner on the day-to-day topics of teachers pay, the Working Time Regulations and restructuring programmes. She is praised by schools for “giving strength when it gets unpleasant”.
Kristine is regularly invited to speak nationally on education and employment issues affecting schools and has spoken for the past 5 years at the National Conference for the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association and has written guidance notes for the Independent Schools Council.
Kristine is a governor of a large secondary academy school and is a ranked lawyer and recognised practitioner in Education in Chambers and Partners.
Chamber and Partners says, “Kristine heads the education schools practice group as well as the independent schools practice. According to delighted clients “the quality of the response is great, as it is always right first time, and she is great to deal with on a personal level.”
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Kristine Scott (Band 3 – Education: Institutions (Schools) – UK-wide) has a strong reputation for supporting schools with compliance, policy and strategy matters of all stripes. She has expertise in a variety of pupil and parent issues, and also advises on employment law with respect to schools. A client notes: “I was impressed by her ability to translate complex legal positions into something I can easily understand and use.”
Kristine Scott is described by commentators as “approachable and knowledgeable with good commercial instincts.” She is well known for acting on behalf of academies and independent schools, advising on various issues, including employment and child protection.
At Harrison Clark Rickerbys, practice head Kristine Scott ‘has a fantastic understanding of the education sector’, particularly pupil and parent matters such as data protection and exclusions. Philip Heath joined as head of academies from Weightmans LLP following Matthew Wolton’s move to Clark Holt.
Partner and solicitor advocate Kristine Scott heads the education practice group, as well as the independent schools sub-practice. According to delighted clients, “the quality of the response is great, as it is always right first time, and she is great to deal with on a personal level.”
Harrison Clark Rickerbys represents independent schools, academies, free schools, studio schools and maintained schools. Kristine Scott is a key name in the team.
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I thought I would let you know that I am vice-chairman of Wycliffe College and last night chaired a meeting at which Kristine Scott provided some excellent trustee training. She is highly regarded by the senior staff at the school and also impressed the trustees.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys fields an independent schools team headed by Kristine Scott, who is ‘client focused’, and ‘diligent, proactive and extremely knowledgeable’
The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2013 rankings